Words and Photos by: Ryan Palmer
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a carbon SB95 ever since Yeti’s aluminum five-inch travel SB95 29er came out a couple years ago, so it didn’t come as a huge surprise when that was exactly what we saw upon arriving at the launch, held a few miles off-site from Sea Otter. At roughly two pounds lighter and a heck of a lot stiffer, Yeti’s new SB95C is sure to please.
The weight savings were immediately appreciated when the climb on our test loop got exponentially steeper, as was the Fox CTD shock. In trail mode, the shock offers a good amount of pedaling efficiency without sacrificing too much bump sensitivity. The SB95C frame kinematics do offer some platform, but not quite enough to leave the shock open on climbs. Lateral frame stiffness is hugely increased when compared to the aluminum bike, as well.
The 68.5 degree head angle and 17.5 inch chain stays create quite a stable bike at speed, yet the SB95 can make its way through tight stuff as well. Suspension feel was balanced and the bike remained planted. Having only spent a couple hours on the bike, I can’t form a full opinion yet, but initial ride feedback is definitely positive. I’m looking forward to spending some more time on the SB95C.
Hiding in plain sight behind all the double boingers was Yeti’s all new ARC Carbon race machine. Updating the legendary ARC wasn’t just about slapping bigger wheels on it, Yeti respected the bike’s legacy by taking their time time designing it. Beautifully styled and weighing in at 2.6 pounds with threaded bottom bracket and 142 x 12 axle, the ARC is light yet practical. The ARC Carbon will use 27.5″ wheels for size small and extra small, and 29″ on all other sizes.
ARC Carbon Pricing: